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Blame! (2017) Blu-ray
Blame! is a solid science fiction action-adventure with hints of A Fistful of Dollars and The Road Warrior blended into a high-concept original world where humanity is on the verge of extinction and The City is a sprawling, living, ever-expanding entity. ---
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El #manga#Pet de #RanjouMiyaki tendrá anime de #GenoStudio
Este lunes se ha anunciado que #Pet , manga sobrenatural de #RanjouMiyake , contará con una adaptación a #anime para televisión producida por el estudio #GenoStudio .
Además del estudio, sabemos que #TakahiroOmori dirige el proyecto bajo el guion de #SadayukiMurai . La información se ha dado a conocer a través de su página web oficial.
Existen personas que tienen la capacidad de meterse en el cerebro de otros y manipular recuerdos. Algunos de ellos utilizan esta capacidad para hacer el mal, pero este poder también corroe sus propios corazones.
Reunidos por las mismas cadenas que los atan, protegerán un corazón frágil. Por desprecio y miedo, son llamados “pet”. #SobreEstaFranquicia
El #manga de #Pet se publicó entre julio de 2002 y octubre de 2003 en la revista #BigComicSpirits , contando con 55 capítulos recopilados en 5 tomos recopilatorios.
Esta es una de las deudas cinéfilas que tenía desde mi época darks y que al fin pude saldar en estas vacaciones no tan vacaciones gracias a @siniysora . Perfect Blue es otra de las películas que reivindican a la animación como una herramienta factible para tratar y contar historias más oscuras y menos fantasiosas. Es un thriller psicológico perfecto en la trama que por lo que me dijeron, inspiró mucho a Darren Aronofsky y lo llevó a crear Black Swan; que es espectacular!! La historia de ambas películas es similar desde el punto de vista de la protagonista y como su ambiente, las situaciones y todo el estrés las hacen crear alucinaciones que confunden al espectador y no te dejan saber qué es real o no. Sobre todo en este Animé, quedas al final preguntándote qué de lo que viste fue real para el personaje principal. El director hace que el viaje sea frenético y entre lo que ves y lo que escuchas uno de verdad se adentra y se pierde en la película. La animación se aleja tremendamente de lo que uno suele consumir en occidente del animé más mainstream, presente escenas muy adultas y perturbadoras. Esta película también podría servir como reflejo de la industria del pop, sobre todo en los países asiáticos donde tengo entendido que los artistas de ese género son ídolos que deben apegarse a una imagen específica. Gran parte de todos los acontecimientos son una reacción directa del comportamiento de otros personajes y su obsesión hacia el dinero o sus ideales. Para terminar pues recomendarla porque de verdad es 🤯 #PerfectBlue#SatoshiKon#SadayukiMurai#YoshikazuTakeuchi#MasahiroIkumi#CineJaponés#NihonEiga#Cinema#Movies#Cinéfilos
Perfect Blue is one of the greatest animated films in the history of Japanese Anime movies in my opinion (and that of many well versed Otaku) and the entire film is on YouTube in incredible quality and subtitles in several languages, however this link is for a video looking at aspects of the film that I couldn't agree with more... https://youtu.be/MJmK5SOeQBc
The cyberpunk manga "BLAME!" is considered one of the best, and also more impenetrable from a story standpoint. The 10-volume series takes place in a Dyson sphere built around Earth referred to as The City, created by autonomous machines called Builders. Separated into massive, nigh-impenetrable barrier floors called "Megastructure", The City is inhabited by transhuman tribes, hostile cyborgs called Silicon Creatures and a murderous horde known as the Safeguard, who seek to destroy humanity. The Megastructure has been expanding unhindered and chaotically, with nothing able to stop it. The protagonist is a human named Killy, who has been tasked to locate a human who possesses Net Terminal Genes, a long-thought extinct genetic marker that allows humans to access the Netsphere, the control network for The City in order to bring its unimpeded growth under control.
The manga's near silent protagonist and existential themes can frustrate casual readers, but the payoff is huge if you can manage to stick around. Animation studio Polygon Pictures seems to agree, as they are bringing an anime film adaptation to Netflix later this year! The film will be an adaptation of the story arc featuring the Electrofishers, humans descended from laborers for Toha Heavy Industries (a massive edifice separate from the Megastructure controlled by a collective A.I.) who may or may not be netgene carriers.
This will be the third project Polygon has done with the streaming service following "KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA" & "AJIN: DEMI- HUMAN." Their previous work includes 3DCG animation on GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE, THE SKY CRAWLERS, "STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS", "TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE" & "TRON: UPRISING". They've also worked on video game animation for STREET FIGHTER IV, RESIDENT EVIL 5, STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN & LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW.
There's currently no release date for BLAME!, but check back for more information as it becomes available.....#Blame#TsutomuNihei#TokyoPop#Kodansha#HiroyukiSeshita#SadayukiMurai#Killy#NetTerminalGenes#GravitationalBeamEmitter#Cyberpunk#Netflix#NetflixOriginal#TheGeekMansion
№ 97: "Steamboy"
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
Screenplay: Sadayuki Murai, Katsuhiro Otomo
I wanted to watch this film prior to it's release 12 years ago. I have to say, I'm left a bit underwhelmed for a film that supposedly took 10 years to complete. I liked the film, don't get me wrong, I just have a few nitpicks.
The animations in this film is phenomenal. From what I've read, Otomo had some of the sequences done in CG and then redrawn using the CG as reference to blend with the hand-drawn animation. Regardless of method, the end result is stunning. In a film featuring such small detail like moving steam engines and devices, it never ceases to deliver. I love the designs of all the steam-related devices. I've always found technology from the early industrial revolution to be interesting.
The plot of the film, however, left a bit to be desired. I feel the pacing of the film to be too slow in parts, even during action sequences. The biggest complaint is that there isn't much character development with our main characters, Ray and Scarlett. I would have liked the final sequence of the film to be about a third of it's length and the scenes depicted during the credits be shown in it's place. There was more character/plot development during the credits than the film itself, I feel. Scarlett is pretty intolerable for the majority of the film, and I wish she would have had a redemption toward the end of the film after seeing the horrors committed by her foundation for money, but that is reserved for stills during the credits, unfortunately.
It almost feels like the ending of the film was a setup for a sequel that never came. It's a shame because I am interested in the world and where these characters will go following the events of the film.
Overall, the film is worth a watch. The animation is fantastic and the story entertaining enough. I just wish more focus was given to the events after Steam Tower's demise.
№ 92: "Millennium Actress"
Director: Satoshi Kon
Screenplay: Sadayuki Murai, Satoshi Kon
This is such a fascinatingly told story. Props to the entire cast and crew of this film. This is very much a Satoshi Kon film and I love it.
The story is centered around the life of former film actress Chiyoko Fujiwara. The film opens on Genya Tachibana, a TV interviewer, watching a film highlight reel in preparation for an interview with the now elderly Chiyoko. Genya and his camera man, Kyoji Ida take a trip to Chiyoko's home, where she has spent the last 30 years in seclusion. After introductions, Genya presents a gift to her - a key she had lost earlier in life that holds great significance. The reunion with this cherished memento awakens memories in Chiyoko, who goes on to explain to Genya and Kyoji the key's origin and other tales from her career.
From this point forward, until it's conclusion, the film is a blend of her life and films, jumping from one to the next. The way Kon and Murai are able to portray so many different films from her career is wonderful. It makes me want to watch them in their original context, rather than the half-in, half-out style of our story.
The voice acting is just as good as the story. I felt for the characters and their struggles and that's one of the most important aspects of a films impact for me.
MadHouse knocked it out again on the animation front. They've made all of these film sets and characters so unique and interesting that I fully believe they could be sampled from an actual anime feature, rather than an in-movie fictional film starring our character.
Overall, this is a fantastic film and a must watch if you haven't seen it. This is the fourth and final film I'll be reviewing for Kon. I mentioned it in an earlier review, but I'm increasingly more bummed about his passing. He was in process on his fifth feature film, Dreaming Machine, and from the looks of it, it would have been just as fantastic.
№ 91: "Perfect Blue"
Director: Satoshi Kon
Screenplay: Sadayuki Murai
This one threw me for a loop.
Murai and Kon have constructed an extremely suspenseful thriller. I thought I had the story pegged at every turn and each time I was left surprised.
The story follows our main character, Mima on her journey from a
J-Pop star to aspiring actress. After a traumatizing scene in her first film role, Mima is left with troubling visions of her former life and she beings to doubt her sanity as members of the cast and crew of the film are found murdered.
The animation here is fantastic. This is to be expected from a studio like MadHouse. I don't think this film would work nearly as well in a live-action setting given the subject matter, and I feel they've done a wonderful job.
I also enjoyed the English dub. The acting felt very organic to the characters and their situations. I'll likely end up watching the film again with subs, as I'm sure some dialogue was changed.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. The subject matter was a bit intense, but kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know the how and why of events. If you haven't seen this one, I recommend it.